What the FOG?

In another life, I made how-to videos professionally so I thought I would give you all a glimpse into the glamorous world of fat, oil, and grease (FOG) management. Did you know that cities all around the country spend millions every year on sewer maintenance due to clogs caused by hardened fats, oils, and grease dumped down drains by restaurants? Google “fatberg” if you’re brave enough. Also, the title of the post was the title of a webinar series I hosted. Please don’t google that one.

Here’s a video from my time with a startup company called SwiftComply that specializes in online compliance systems for water utilities around the US and Europe. The program I’m explaining allows restaurants to upload required disposal documentation to their city’s database from an online profile.

Audience: This video is intended for restaurants and other food service establishments whose city regulator has required them to participate in the SwiftComply program.

Purpose: Once a restaurant has opted in to the program, this video shows them how to manage their online profile by reporting required services directly to their city’s database and view their company’s compliance information.

Introduction to OneNote

Below is a short introduction to some features of OneNote. This type of video can be used to introduce students to OneNote and how to use it. Since OneNote typically is included in a Microsoft subscription, but isn’t one of main applications that students use, it is typically overlooked by students. However, as a digital note taking platform, OneNote offers students many ways to customize their notes as well as share their notes with others. There are also several ways for students to express their creativity. With remote learning, having all one’s notes in one place can help students and teachers stay organized.

Feature image source: https://medium.com/digital-productivity-tips/note-taking-with-onenote-as-a-psychology-student-e26f103adb20

Imperialism Poster Project Instructional Video

Imperialism Poster Project Instructions

Audience: This video is intended for 9th grade students in a Modern World History class.

Lesson Context: This video is to help my students digest the requirements of their upcoming Imperialism Poster Project. The link to this video will be posted on Canvas for my students, and I will require students to watch this video during asynchronous time before I introduce the project in class.

Purpose: This video will help me save synchronous class time because students will be able to come to class with any questions about the assignment. I can spend time addressing these questions without having to explain the entire project over again. The purpose of this video is also to provide students with a clear set of instructions that they can refer back to during asynchronous learning.

Make your charts look like happy charts:

Using Google Sheets to make custom charts

Here’s the lesson:

Lesson Context:
This video relates to a class I led on using Google Sheets to make custom graphs and charts for a 7th grade technology course. A few students were sick that day, and I created this video as reference material for the assignment given to the class to turn in before the next class. The goal of the class is to understand how to manipulate cells to create a graph using cell formatting, as well as how to create a chart using the “Insert Chart” button, how to select a graph using that feature, and then finally how to manipulate and resize a graph.

Lesson Methodology:
I used Loom for this video, because I think the recording feature itself is the most user-friendly of some of the apps I’ve tried. I also like that I can easily edit the video, require a password for viewing, and create custom teams to view videos I post for specific classes. I wound up downloading this video and including it in the assignment I created for Google Classrooms so that students wouldn’t need to go to multiple sites to view their required work. It’s a little longer than most of my other videos, but I wanted students to clearly see how each function is performed.